Giant Pre-historic Tusks on Display in Greece


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Tusks of a giant pre-historic mastodon found in July 2007 and measuring over 15ft each, were recently put on display at a museum in Northern Greece. In addition to the tusks, scientists also found the upper and lower jaws of the creature, with some of its teeth intact.

Paleontologists believe that mastodons, ancestors of the modern elephant, roamed the continents of Europe, Asia and North America as recently as 10,000 years ago.

The animals were very similar to the wooly mammoths, except for their tusks and eating habits. The tusk of the mastodons is straighter and more parallel, as opposed to the curled ones for the mammoths. Also the blunt, cone-shaped mastodon molars (back teeth) indicate that they fed on trees and shrubs, whilst the ridged molars of the mammoths indicated that they primarily grazed on grass. The mastodons were also a lot smaller in size than the mammoths.

This find is very significant, because it is the largest remains of a mastodon ever found and also because of the great condition of the tusks. Paleontologists may finally get some clues on why these majestic animals became extinct.

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  • Sup yallMonday, March 4, 2019 at 8:14 am
    What do you mean hola this is not a movie, and i wish the same thing stracey001 I wonder how big mammoths are? I’m an animal person
    • iceskatingqueen
      iceskatingqueenTuesday, January 29, 2019 at 11:45 am
      Oh wow cool
      • a personTuesday, October 2, 2018 at 12:21 pm
        • 1234Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 8:08 am
          This will help me on my school article
          • LoveTuesday, October 31, 2017 at 3:43 am
            I am so shocked EWWWWWWWWW
            • Red XWednesday, January 13, 2016 at 2:53 pm
              There saying that a mammoth is bigger than a mastodon? And those are a Mastodons tusks?!?!???!?!
              • jFriday, January 30, 2015 at 11:20 am
                everyone look at my face on this side
                • dakotahWednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm
                  • TaurielTuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:48 am
                    I think so, Legolas.
                    • LegolasTuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:47 am
                      Is this animal similar to an oliphaunt?